Last Saturday the third Groninger Museum Live was held, an evening of where lo-fi, fragile music is being played in a few locations in the museum. And as Anna-Lynne Williams -who’s Lotte Kestner album I had as my favourite album last year- is playing there as part of the duo Ormonde I had to be there of course.
The evening could not have started any better as Ormonde was the first band on the list, playing in the Job Lounge. The hall is very nice but I’m again struggling for photos as the light here is just terrible. The Ormonde gig however is wonderful. Very lo-fi, so I hardly dare to shoot photos. Anna-Lynne sings the main part of the vocals and plays melody horn and Robert Gomez is on guitar and vocals. Having shot my photos in the fist set, I could simply enjoy the second set from the audience. Totally love Anna-Lynne’s voice!
After the Ormonde gig, we made our way to the auditorium for Bird on the Wire, an all-girl trio playing folky indie music. A lovely vintage sound, never staying within the lines too much. Cute as buttons with a bite. Loved the songs and the presentation on stage. Listening to the second set, I suddenly realized where I’d seen them before: during Eurosonic they paraded down the Oosterstraat in Groningen with a big following.
Oliver Oat had already started in the “Ploegpaviljoen” when I arrived. Like last time this is where the incredibly intimate, fragile music is played. It’s a beautiful location with all the portraits in the wall and the music of Oliver Oat fits in perfectly here. Most songs are played on piano, a little on guitar and there’s an intriguing box that makes all kinds of sounds.
The last gig was by Awkward I -the artist name for Djurre de Haan- and accompanied by Diederik Nomden. Back in the auditorium, a sweet mellow mood and the fantastic songs of Djurre only helped that mood. I’ve seen Awkward I as a solo act, with a full band and tonight as a duo and it always impresses me, A very good conclusion to the third Groninger Museum Live gig. We want more!